# nLab alternating representation

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### Context

#### Representation theory

representation theory

geometric representation theory

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## Definition

For $S_n$ a symmetric group, its alternating representation is the 1-dimensional linear representation

$alt \;\; S_n \longrightarrow GL(1)$

which sends even permutations to $+1$ and odd permutations to $-1$.

More generally, for $G$ any finite group and $H \subset G$ a subgroup of index 2, then the corresponding alternating representation of $G$ sends elements of $H$ to $+1$ and all other elements to -1.

This reduces to the previous special case by setting $G \coloneqq S_n$ and $H \coloneqq A_n \subset S_n$ the alternating group.

## References

For instance

• João Pedro Martins dos Santos, Def. 3 in Representation Theory of Symmetric Groups, 2012 (pdf)

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